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30 Signs You’re Actually A Procrastinator

30 Signs You’re Actually A Procrastinator

I’m a master procrastinator, a couch lover and a guy who has been nicknamed “the last minute man” (kids have batman and superman, why can’t I get a name?). Nobody can tell you more about procrastination than I.

Below I listed 30 habits of procrastinators. If you find yourself having more than seven then a procrastinator is who you are (and that’s not flattering, you gotta do something about it asap!).

1.You get up late

You try to be an all-nighter and you delay your important tasks to the early AMs. Finally you end the night with a series of “energizing naps” which stop when you suddenly realize that it’s already the next afternoon and you’re not finished.

    2.Everytime is your bed time

    Like I just stated, you don’t know when to sleep or when you wake up. So you simply sleep when you want to procrastinate. You don’t have a certain time to start working which makes it hard to get anything done.

      3.You are getting addictive

      Eating, drinking or nail biting calms you down for a while when you are nervous and stressed. But you just do it to get away from the boring to do list that you have on your shoulder.

        4.When it’s too hard, you give up

        You’re in love with new beginnings, a new movie to watch, or a new piece of cake to eat. You’re just so stressed that the only way to get out of it is to give up.

          5.You no longer trust yourself

          You never keep a promise, especially to yourself. You know that promises are stronger than you and that you can’t get out of it, so you just stop making them.

            6.You envy hard workers

            You admire how organized hard workers are. You really admire them and you want to be the same but deep inside you believe that you can’t That’s why the more you procrastinate the more you admire hard workers.

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              7.Your life is in a predictable loop

              Procrastination became a rooted habit and you can predict your day before it even begins. You know what you can and what you can’t and overcoming your habits is just impossible.

                8.The Last time you hit the gym was 2 decades ago

                With a bad sleeping habit and an addictive/bad eating behavior, getting fit is just a dream.

                You’re good at setting diet plans, but you never implement them.

                  9.Your friends always complain

                  You’re always late for an appointment, you simply don’t get along with the idea of being on time.

                    10.You are always in a hurry

                    Because to be early is boring as hell. And hard too.

                      11.You have a messy room/workplace 

                      You only clean when you have an even more boring task to do.

                        12.You are easily stressed

                        Someone with a messy life must get easily stressed, especially when the idea of not being able to get things done fast become a fundamental belief.

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                          13.You think “meditation” is a new shampoo

                          You’re so stressed that you can’t imagine life without it, relaxation is just an illusion.

                            14.Planning is something you can only find in Game Of Thrones

                            The number of the uncompleted plans you commit yourself to is bigger than the number of episodes of your favorite show. Planning is something that only happens in movies or in GOT.

                              15.And you’re waking up when it comes to deadlines

                              The inner voice only screams when you’re running out of time. You only take action when you’re threatened with a “Must do”.

                                16.Because it never seems to be late

                                You always have enough time. At least that’s what you keep telling yourself.

                                  17.And you’re one of Bill Gates’ favorites

                                  You’ve always find yourself in this quote:

                                  “I will always chose a lazy person to do a difficult job, because, he will find an easy way to do it” – Bill Gates

                                    18.You enjoy dreaming about the future

                                    When you don’t know how to motivate yourself to work, your day dreaming becomes an addiction.

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                                      19.It always seems very easy until you do it

                                      You see people making it and it looks easy but when you try it it’s not. This goes from a body transformation to a business plan. You’re easily excited but never get along with the hard work.

                                        20.The most boring tasks become sexy

                                        From grabbing something from supermarket to paying your phone bills, every boring task become enjoyable except the task you procrastinate. Remember your school days.

                                          21.While facebook is your best friend

                                          The place where all the fun begins, is where you check your “seven-years-haven’t-seen” friend’s status, and the never-ending notifications from people liking your latest post. You spend more time on facebook than the time you spend to get things done.

                                            22.As are excuses

                                            You simply believe you can’t, which is the biggest excuse someone can give.

                                              23.Your kitchen is where you grab motivation

                                              You simply can get your butt off to work and you hope food can do it for you. It’s just another excuse to keep away from what scares you or what makes you feel helpless.

                                                24.You have no weekends

                                                Because you don’t know when to rest, your nights and days are the same. Weekends are when you work and midweeks is when you rest. You’re far from being organized.

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                                                  25.Waking up from “why are you late?” phone calls happens too often

                                                  How many times has your boss called you up for being late and you were sleeping? You know better.

                                                    26.You become a Pepsi man

                                                    Except for Redbull, coffee and tea.

                                                      27.When you love full hours

                                                      You’re in love with full hours. When it’s 7.51 you promise you’ll start at 8.00 and when it’s 8.32 you set the alarm for 9.00.

                                                        28.You’re a “desktop games” fan

                                                        Spider solitaire, Sodoku, bubble shooter, and Packman, all are on your phone or laptop. They’re your work buddies.

                                                          29.If you have a single wish, it is to have more self-discipline.

                                                          You really believe in that.

                                                            30.You are the best at giving advice you never listen to

                                                            You tell people what to do, because you’re a master of research for better ways to get things done, but you never tried them yourself.

                                                              Featured photo credit: Matt Gibson via flickr.com

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                                                              The Science of Setting Goals (And How It Affects Your Brain)

                                                              The Science of Setting Goals (And How It Affects Your Brain)

                                                              What happens in our heads when we set goals?

                                                              Apparently a lot more than you’d think.

                                                              Goal setting isn’t quite so simple as deciding on the things you’d like to accomplish and working towards them.

                                                              According to the research of psychologists, neurologists, and other scientists, setting a goal invests ourselves into the target as if we’d already accomplished it. That is, by setting something as a goal, however small or large, however near or far in the future, a part of our brain believes that desired outcome is an essential part of who we are – setting up the conditions that drive us to work towards the goals to fulfill the brain’s self-image.

                                                              Apparently, the brain cannot distinguish between things we want and things we have. Neurologically, then, our brains treat the failure to achieve our goal the same way as it treats the loss of a valued possession. And up until the moment, the goal is achieved, we have failed to achieve it, setting up a constant tension that the brain seeks to resolve.

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                                                              Ideally, this tension is resolved by driving us towards accomplishment. In many cases, though, the brain simply responds to the loss, causing us to feel fear, anxiety, even anguish, depending on the value of the as-yet-unattained goal.

                                                              Love, Loss, Dopamine, and Our Dreams

                                                              The brains functions are carried out by a stew of chemicals called neurotransmitters. You’ve probably heard of serotonin, which plays a key role in our emotional life – most of the effective anti-depressant medications on the market are serotonin reuptake inhibitors, meaning they regulate serotonin levels in the brain leading to more stable moods.

                                                              Somewhat less well-known is another neurotransmitter, dopamine. Among other things, dopamine acts as a motivator, creating a sensation of pleasure when the brain is stimulated by achievement. Dopamine is also involved in maintaining attention – some forms of ADHD are linked to irregular responses to dopamine.[1]

                                                              So dopamine plays a key role in keeping us focused on our goals and motivating us to attain them, rewarding our attention and achievement by elevating our mood. That is, we feel good when we work towards our goals.

                                                              Dopamine is related to wanting – to desire. The attainment of the object of our desire releases dopamine into our brains and we feel good. Conversely, the frustration of our desires starves us of dopamine, causing anxiety and fear.

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                                                              One of the greatest desires is romantic love – the long-lasting, “till death do us part” kind. It’s no surprise, then, that romantic love is sustained, at least in part, through the constant flow of dopamine released in the presence – real or imagined – of our true love. Loss of romantic love cuts off that supply of dopamine, which is why it feels like you’re dying – your brain responds by triggering all sorts of anxiety-related responses.

                                                              Herein lies obsession, as we go to ever-increasing lengths in search of that dopamine reward. Stalking specialists warn against any kind of contact with a stalker, positive or negative, because any response at all triggers that reward mechanism. If you let the phone ring 50 times and finally pick up on the 51st ring to tell your stalker off, your stalker gets his or her reward, and learns that all s/he has to do is wait for the phone to ring 51 times.

                                                              Romantic love isn’t the only kind of desire that can create this kind of dopamine addiction, though – as Captain Ahab (from Moby Dick) knew well, any suitably important goal can become an obsession once the mind has established ownership.

                                                              The Neurology of Ownership

                                                              Ownership turns out to be about a lot more than just legal rights. When we own something, we invest a part of ourselves into it – it becomes an extension of ourselves.

                                                              In a famous experiment at Cornell University, researchers gave students school logo coffee mugs, and then offered to trade them chocolate bars for the mugs. Very few were willing to make the trade, no matter how much they professed to like chocolate. Big deal, right? Maybe they just really liked those mugs![2]

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                                                              But when they reversed the experiment, handing out chocolate and then offering to trade mugs for the candy, they found that now, few students were all that interested in the mugs. Apparently the key thing about the mugs or the chocolate wasn’t whether students valued whatever they had in their possession, but simply that they had it in their possession.

                                                              This phenomenon is called the “endowment effect”. In a nutshell, the endowment effect occurs when we take ownership of an object (or idea, or person); in becoming “ours” it becomes integrated with our sense of identity, making us reluctant to part with it (losing it is seen as a loss, which triggers that dopamine shut-off I discussed above).

                                                              Interestingly, researchers have found that the endowment effect doesn’t require actual ownership or even possession to come into play. In fact, it’s enough to have a reasonable expectation of future possession for us to start thinking of something as a part of us – as jilted lovers, gambling losers, and 7-year olds denied a toy at the store have all experienced.

                                                              The Upshot for Goal-Setters

                                                              So what does all this mean for would-be achievers?

                                                              On one hand, it’s a warning against setting unreasonable goals. The bigger the potential for positive growth a goal has, the more anxiety and stress your brain is going to create around it’s non-achievement.

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                                                              It also suggests that the common wisdom to limit your goals to a small number of reasonable, attainable objectives is good advice. The more goals you have, the more ends your brain thinks it “owns” and therefore the more grief and fear the absence of those ends is going to cause you.

                                                              On a more positive note, the fact that the brain rewards our attentiveness by releasing dopamine means that our brain is working with us to direct us to achievement. Paying attention to your goals feels good, encouraging us to spend more time doing it. This may be why outcome visualization — a favorite technique of self-help gurus involving imagining yourself having completed your objectives — has such a poor track record in clinical studies. It effectively tricks our brain into rewarding us for achieving our goals even though we haven’t done it yet!

                                                              But ultimately, our brain wants us to achieve our goals, so that it’s a sense of who we are that can be fulfilled. And that’s pretty good news!

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